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SEPTEMBER 2014 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
CALABASAS RESIDENTS PLACED ON "EVEN/ODD" ROTATION FOR WATERING LAWNS
WALK-IN FLU CLINIC OFFERS FREE SEASONAL FLU SHOTS TO CALABASAS RESIDENTS
LIGHTS, CAMERA - THE CALABASAS FILM FESTIVAL!
  IMPLEMENTATION OF CITYWIDE SMART IRRIGATION CONTROL SYSTEM 
SEEKING VENDORS FOR THE CALABASAS PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
SEE THE CALABASAS AMERICA IN BLOOM CONTEST VIDEO
THE CALABASAS FALL RECREATION BROCHURE IS NOW AVAILABLE
  TAKE THE STEPS TO REMOVE DEAD TREES IN OUR CITY
REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2015 WINTER YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE
SANTA SUSANA FIELD LAB CAG TO PRESENT LABORATORY SITE CLEAN-UP UPDATE
TEEN TONE AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
SUPPORT THE CHS MUSIC FUN RUN
LIBRARY EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
PUBLIC DATABASE ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO VIEW REAL-TIME CRIME STATISTICS
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS 
ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER 
HAVE YOUR NEXT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER 
  APPLY FOR THE LA COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY
SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST
REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY!
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

September 2014 1 - Labor Day - City Hall Closed

1 - Residents Placed on "Even/Odd" Rotation for Watering Lawns

2 - Presentation by Susana Field Laboratory CAG

6 - E-Waste Collection


10 - City Council Meeting

12 - 14 - Calabasas Film Festival

13 - Water Based Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

14 - CHS Music Fun Run

20 -
 E-Waste Collection

20 - Walk-In Flu Clinic

24 - City Council Meeting
(Cancelled)

October 2014:

4 - E-Waste Collection

8 - City Council Meeting


18 - E-Waste Collection

18 & 19 - Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

22 -
City Council Meeting



RESIDENTS PLACED ON
"EVEN/ODD" ROTATION
FOR WATERING LAWNS



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CALABASAS RESIDENTS PLACED ON "EVEN/ODD" ROTATION FOR WATERING LAWNS

In response to continuing drought conditions, the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Board of Directors has adopted an “even/odd” irrigation schedule for all district customers. Under the new plan which begins on September 1, 2014, customers with addresses ending in even numbers may only irrigate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Addresses ending in odd numbers may only irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Irrigation may not occur between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm.; no irrigation is permitted on Sundays. The irrigation schedule applies to all potable and recycled water customers. Recycled water customers may be allowed a different irrigation schedule upon demonstration, through a site visit, that they are using water efficiently and achieving the same result as the watering restriction. These customers may contact the District to request a site visit at (818) 251-2200.

After September 1, warning letters and fines for repeat offenders will be assessed. The LVMWD Board has increased fines up to $500 for repeat violations within a one-year period. The new schedule is consistent with drought regulations mandated by the State Water Resources Control Board in July. For more information on the plan and to learn ways that you can save water and lower your bill, please visit www.lvmwd.com.

WALK-IN FLU CLINIC OFFERS FREE SEASONAL FLU SHOTS TO CALABASAS RESIDENTS

The 8th annual Calabasas Walk-In Flu Clinic will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Founders Hall, 200 Civic Center Way, in Calabasas. Free seasonal flu shots are offered on a first come, first served basis, to Calabasas residents only. Flu shots are administered by Passport Health, the largest provider of travel medical/immunization services in the United States. The minimum age to receive a flu shot at the clinic is 6 months. No pets will be allowed on-site for the clinic.

For additional information, please call (818) 224-1600 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/flu.html

LIGHTS, CAMERA - THE CALABASAS FILM FESTIVAL!

Fire up the klieg lights and roll out the red carpet because the inaugural Calabasas Film Festival is here! The festival’s opening night on September 12 will feature the U.S. premiere of the Denzel Washington thriller, The Equalizer. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the producers, Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal. Another major studio film will be showcased Saturday evening, September 13, and the festival will feature 30 to 35 films that have some connection to Calabasas, including features, documentaries, student films and cult classics. The festival will also provide a venue for the Calabasas community to connect with top industry executives, producers, directors, and actors who share a passion for film and television. Screenings, question-and-answer sessions, workshops and parties will take place at local venues such as the Edwards Theaters at The Commons, the Calabasas High Performing Arts Center, and the Calabasas Civic Center. For more information and to get tickets, please visit www.thecalabasasfilmfestival.com.

IMPLEMENTATION OF CITYWIDE SMART IRRIGATION CONTROL SYSTEM

In an effort to efficiently use water, the City of Calabasas has initiated the implementation of the Citywide Smart Irrigation Control System project. Replacement of irrigation controllers citywide is projected to conserve approximately 2 acre-feet of water per year which equals to an estimated reduction of 25% of water consumption.

Smart controllers are irrigation clocks that automatically adjust irrigation run times in response to environmental changes and use sensors and weather information to manage watering times and frequency. As environmental conditions vary, the controller increases or decreases irrigation.

This project will upgrade the citywide irrigation system to produce a reduction in runoff and reduction in total water usage through the use of a central control station of operation for the entire system utilizing current Evapo-transpiration (ET) and wireless technology. During this upgrade the City will expand the reclaimed water usage to the irrigation system at several parks.

This project is funded mainly by Proposition 84 from California Department of Water Resources and directly addresses water conservation and water quality objectives of the Proposition 84. For more information, contact the City at (818) 224-1600.

SEEKING VENDORS FOR THE CALABASAS PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

The City of Calabasas is seeking Southern California craft vendors for the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival on October 18 & 19! Our annual hometown family event is located in the hills north of Malibu and West of Los Angeles. Thousands of patrons shop the Marketplace corridor in search of crafts, clothing, and home & garden products. Of course, Autumn, Harvest or Halloween items are welcome and encouraged! Visit www.calabasaspumpkinfestival.com/get-involved.html for additional information and to obtain a Marketplace application.

CALABASAS IS IN BLOOM!

 

Last year Calabasas took first place honors in America in Bloom's (AIB) annual contest while receiving a five “bloom” rating, the highest rating AIB awards. Now the City is showing off its beauty in AIB’s YouTube video contest. Watch the City’s video here: http://youtu.be/qFwJPynL3XI  

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THE CALABASAS FALL RECREATION BROCHURE IS NOW AVAILABLE - SIGN UP FOR CLASSES TODAY!

The 2014 City of Calabasas Fall Recreation brochure was mailed to all Calabasas residents last month. The brochure features detailed information about adult and youth classes, senior citizen programs, community news and information, sports activities and much more. The Fall Recreation Brochure is also available online and paper copies are available at City Hall, the Agoura/Calabasas Community Center and the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center. Classes will run from September to December 2014, so make sure to register early!

For more information about Calabasas recreation opportunities, or for help with class registration, please call the Recreation Department at (818) 880-6461.

TAKE THE STEPS TO REMOVE DEAD TREES IN OUR CITY

One of the most beloved aspects of Calabasas is our beautiful vistas and tree-lined streets. Unfortunately, the effects of the long drought are taking a toll on trees which do not have ready access to water, as well as those which are less drought tolerant. Species especially vulnerable include pine, liquid amber, sycamore and eucalyptus, which are found in many of the City’s private open space areas. Sadly, we are seeing more and more individual trees and groves dying throughout the City. A dead tree poses not only a fire hazard, but also presents a safety risk if it or its limbs should fall. If you or your home owners association have dead trees, please take steps to remove them. Not only will you be complying with City codes, you will be doing your part to keep our City safe and beautiful. Remember that oaks are protected, so if you believe or suspect that the tree in question is an oak tree, please contact the City at (818) 224-1600 to obtain the necessary permits for removal.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2015 WINTER YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Register now for the 2015 Winter Youth Basketball League! Stop by Juan Bautista de Anza Park to sign your child up for this fun and exciting league. Ages are 5-16 and the sign-ups are ongoing until divisions are full. The cost is $145, which includes full uniform, team and individual pictures, trophy, and officials. League play runs January to March, 2015. Register early to avoid the waitlist!

Parents, we need your help! Please volunteer to coach! For details and information, contact Lana Wilhelm at (818) 880-6461 or lwilhelm@cityofcalabasas.com

SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY ADVISORY GROUP TO PRESENT LABORATORY SITE CLEAN-UP UPDATE

On September 2, 2014, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Community Advisory Group (CAG) will present an update on the cleanup of the laboratory site to the Calabasas Environmental Commission. The Commission meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Calabasas City Hall, 100 Civic Center Way.

The update will address the current site characterization efforts and the status of the regulatory activities. This includes the findings of the NASA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the responses to it, and the preliminary estimates of soil to be removed from the Department of Energy Area IV. It will also address the future land use of the site and the importance of the site to the local Native American tribes. Finally, the update will address the issues of off-site health effects of past operations at SSFL. The objective of the presentation is to achieve a better understanding by the community of the risks posed by the contamination remaining on the site and the cleanup alternatives.

TEEN TONE AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

Sign your teen up today for the boot-camp style workout series, Teen Tone at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center. This program is fun but challenging, and offers various fitness activities for overall body conditioning for young adults. Participants are also encouraged to eat healthier through nutritional education. Instructor and coach, Garba Onadja, also known as "Mr. G" is the Head of the Personal Training Services at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center. Classes run from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 23 through November 18. The class costs $100.

Teen Tone was also offered this summer and the class filled up! Don't wait to sign your teen up for the fall program - before the class fills up again! For details and information, contact Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782, ext. 113.

SUPPORT THE CHS MUSIC FUN RUN

Calabasas High School's Music Department will be holding its 3rd Annual Music Fun Run on Sunday, September 14! The event offers a 5K, 10K, and Kids Dash with live music along the course in the beautiful Calabasas High School Stadium. New this year: a flatter course, awards, finisher medals, professional timing services, and posted results! You can also bring your old running shoes to donate to Dunk Your Kicks in support of pediatric cancer research.

Please show your support for a great public school music program by walking, running, or becoming a sponsor! For information on registering, race fees, and the event day schedule, visit raceroster.com/events/2014/2890/chs-music-fun-run.

LIBRARY EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER

With September comes the return of the Pumpkin Patch Story Time at the Library! Children three and under are invited to stop by on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. for a great program where a librarian will read, sing and entertain the children. This half hour program is also offered to children three to six years of age on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. All Story Times are held in the Children's Reading Room.

Is your child's reading going to the dogs? Let's hope so! Bring your new and emerging reader (grades K-3) to the library on Saturday, September 6 to share in a unique reading program. Therapy dogs, trained through Paws for Healing, will sit (or lie) and listen as your child experiences the joy of reading aloud.  The program runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with sign-ups beginning at 11:00 a.m. Each child will have fifteen minutes to read to a dog.

Do you know a 4th, 5th, or 6th grader interested in joining a book club? The Book Worm Book Club is the place to be! On Wednesday, September 10, the Club will be meeting at 4:00 p.m. to discuss The Giver by Lois Lowry. Membership into the club is free, but a library card is required.

The Writer's Corner Club is restarting this month! If you are a 4th - 8th grader who likes creative writing and hanging out with your friends, then this club is for you! Hosted by the Calabasas Library and run by high school students, members of this club do not require experience in writing - this is just for fun! Join the meeting on Saturday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m. Plan on the meeting lasting for about one hour.

Now that school is back in session, the Study Buddies will start up again on Tuesday, September 30. This program allows Calabasas elementary and middle school students an opportunity to get free help with homework. High school students will be available to help with homework problems and work on study skills. The program will run this fall most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room.  

Come by for Yoga on Thursday, September 4 and Thursday, September 18 at noon. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Instructor Deanne Wenger, RYT will lead you in relaxing (and free) yoga session. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat/large towel. 

Are you an adult interested in joining a book club? Stop by the Library on Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. for 2nd Thursday Book Club! This month's book discussion will be on Longbourn by Jo Baker. Tea will be served. Membership into the club is free, however a library card is required to participate.

Join the Film Fanatics on Wednesday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. The movie this month is based on a true story about how NASA worked with a group of Australian technicians who agreed to rig up a satellite in the middle of a farm for the 1969 moon landing. This movie takes a comical look at the differing cultural attitudes between Australia and the U.S. The movie runs for 101 minutes and is rated PG-13.

For a complete list of Library events, call (818) 225-7616 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/calendar/library/calendar-of-events.html.

PUBLIC DATABASE ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO VIEW REAL-TIME CRIME STATISTICS

One of the most effective ways the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station and other law enforcement agencies has to fight crime is to have as much information as possible about the crime in question. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department uses the LARCIS database (Los Angeles Regional Crime Information System) to input all crime statistics. Every 24 hours, this information is automatically shared with the crimemapping.com database, uploaded to their website and made available to the public. This user-friendly website allows the public to search for crimes that have occurred in their area as recently as from the previous day. Users enter their policy agency into the search bar, and view the results in a map-style format. Icons will alert viewers about the type of crime that has occurred, when and where it occurred, as well as a short description of the crime.

The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station realizes that working together with the community will enhance the way they fight crime. The more information that people are provided with, the better prepared they are to deter and prevent crime in their own community. The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station urges everyone to explore crimemapping.com to familiarize themselves with the criminal activity occurring in their community.

E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS

The City of Calabasas organizes two free monthly electronic waste collection events. On the first Saturday of the month (September 6, 2014), an electronic waste collection will take place at the Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las Virgenes Road) in Calabasas from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A second monthly electronic waste event will take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month (September 20, 2014) in the Vons Shopping Center parking lot at 23381 Mulholland Drive in Woodland Hills from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Acceptable items include but are not limited to CD players, laptops and personal computers, microwave ovens, printers, radios, stereos, telephones, and VCR’s. For more information, please contact the City of Calabasas Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator at (818) 224-1600.

The City of Calabasas holds bi-monthly collections for paint and used oil. On Saturday, September 13, 2014 there will be a free water based paint and used oil collection event at Calabasas City Hall located at 100/200 Civic Center Way (map) adjacent to the Commons from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the City of Calabasas Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator at (818) 224-1600.

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ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

Every six weeks, the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center features a local artist to display his/her remarkable artwork. The current artist is Christine Ann O'Brien. She will be displaying her beautiful paintings until September 26.

On September 12, The TSC welcomes the wonderful artwork of Gennady Chernobylsky. These pieces will be on display until November 7. 

Come by and see the stunning artwork from both of these talented artists. For information, contact Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782, ext. 113.

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HAVE YOUR NEXT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER 

From small, intimate affairs to large corporate and private parties, let the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center and Atmosphere Events & Catering be your one-stop shop for the finest food, superb service, menu planning, staffing, rentals & décor. Our Chefs are professionally-trained with over 20 years of experience and will work with our clients’ nutritional needs as well as with their budgetary confinements. We feel everybody has the right to a great event! On-site catering by Atmosphere Events & Catering. Some tables & chairs are provided. For further information, please contact Kathy Milbrand (818) 222-2782 x 113 or visit www.calabasastsc.com.

APPLY FOR THE LA COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference? The Los Angeles County Superior Court is currently seeking qualified citizens who are interested in applying for the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury. The primary function of the Civil Grand Jury is to investigate county, city, and joint-power agencies. It acts as “watch dog” by examining carefully and completely the operations of various government agencies within Los Angeles County.

Applicants must possess each of the following qualifications:
     • citizen of the United States;
     • at least 18 years of age;
     • a resident of Los Angeles County for at least one year;
     • of ordinary intelligence, sound judgment, fair character;
     • working knowledge of the English language.

Applicants must be willing to volunteer 30-40 hours per week over a period of one year and, if selected, will earn $60 for each full day of service. The deadline to submit an application to be a part of the 2015-2016 Civil Grand Jury is November 24, 2014 and the Jury will be impaneled on July 1, 2015. For an application packet, please contact Clara Shortridge Foltz at (213) 893-1047. For forms and additional information, visit www.grandjury.co.la.ca.us.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST

Mountains Restoration Trust is planning another great month with opportunities for you to get involved! On Saturday, September 6, help build a habitat restoring native plants and California bunchgrasses at the Cold Creek Preserve. Join MRT and TreePeople to water native oaks, shrubs, penstemons, roses and bunchgrasses. Reservations are required by signing up at www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com.

Walk in the shade of the great oaks at the Cold Creek Preserve on Saturday, September 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Join the Cold Creek Docents for a walk to delight in colors in a basin set among craggy peaks. Call (818) 591-9363 to reserve your spot and for more information.

Enjoy a wonderful day at Malibu Creek State Park on Sunday, September 13 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Help MRT and TreePeople rebuild a native landscape by planting and caring for oak trees and their understory plants. Reservations are required at www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com.

Come by Malibu Creek State Park on Saturday, September 14 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. as MRT, TreePeople and the California Native Plant Society helps rebuild the native landscape by removing rigput and thistles. This will allow native grasses and oak seedlings to provide food and shelter for wildlife. Register at www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com.

Come along for the restoration of a hidden gem! You won't find this beauty spot on any map, but MRT and TreePeople will show you the way on Saturday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.! Just meet at Peter Struass Ranch and spend some time caring for this hidden beauty. Reservations are required at www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com.

Take an easy hike downhill at the Cold Creek Preserve's Lower Stunt High Trailhead. You will catch some awesome views as you pass rocky-studded chaparral, grassy meadows, and riparian habitat. Call (818) 591-9363 to reserve space and for additional information.

Are you interested in teaching kids about nature and earth science? Sign up for the Cold Creek Docents Annual Naturalist Training! Beginning Monday, September 29, this popular, informal school program will teach you how to lead hikes for 8-12 year olds at the beautiful UCLA Stunt Ranch Preserve and the Cold Creek Preserve. Learn about Santa Monica Mountains' plants, animals, early Chumash/Tongva cultures, interpretive techniques, and much more! You will also learn cool teaching tools! There is a fee to be a part of this program. Call (818) 591-9363 for more information and to sign up.

For MRT's complete calendar of events, visit www.mountainstrust.org.

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REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY!

Are you registered to vote? It’s easy to participate in elections if you have the right tools and information. Apply to register to vote today by filling out the online application found at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm. You can also pick up a paper voter registration application at your county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles office, or U.S. post office.

Don’t remember if you’re registered to vote? Visit www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/ to check the status of your voter registration. You must be registered 15 days prior to an election if you wish to vote, so be sure to register today! 

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LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS

Conejo Players Theatre - Thousand Oaks

Madrid Theatre - Canoga Park

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
- Thousand Oaks

Valley Performing Arts Center - Northridge

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WHAT'S ON CTV?
Watch it on CTV
Author's Night
Calabasas, A Living History
Calabasas Teen Forum
City News
City Spotlight
Library Bound
Library Specials
Preview, Eye on the Arts
Pumpkin Patch Storytime
Special Events
The Buzz
Your City, Your Issues

Be sure to tune in to CTV on cable channel 3 in Calabasas (check the CTV Guide for playback days and times), through live online web-streaming, or watch any meeting or TV program on demand through the CTV archive. CTV programming is also available on the Calabasas3 YouTube Channel!


CITY SPOTLIGHT - WATER CONSERVATION WITH THE LVMWD
Host Pablo Pereira talks with David W. Pedersen, P. E., General Manager of the LVMWD, and Scott Harris, Water Conservation and Reuse Supervisor. Both discuss water conservation and steps we can all take to make it through the drought.

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observation of Labor Day.

 

City Council Agenda Items are available online the Thursday prior to a City Council Meeting. Agendas for all commissions are available online the Friday prior to the commission meeting. All City Council meetings and commission meetings take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 Civic Center Way in Calabasas.
 
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For a complete calendar of events and meetings at City Hall, please visit our City Calendar Page.

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